Summary of Apple's 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote Presentation

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Apple today kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with the traditional keynote presentation.

As was the case last year, WWDC 2021 is an all-virtual event, with the keynote consisting of prerecorded video presentations that focused primarily on the next major revisions of Apple's operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. What we didn't get today, was any hardware news, so those waiting to place an order for the much-anticipated redesigned MacBook Pro will have to wait a little longer.

Read on for our summary of some highlights of today's announcements.

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

Many of the below features will be coming to both iOS and iPadOS, so it makes sense to discuss the two platforms together. However, we will state where Apple has indicated that a feature will be only available on one of the platforms.

Last year there were plenty of leaks ahead of WWDC which left Apple with very few surprises to Spring. This year Apple did a much better job of keeping things under wraps.

What we got today included news of major updates to FaceTime and Notifications, Live Text using on-device intelligence, Home Screen and multitasking improvements for the iPad, and enhancements for Safari, Maps, Weather, and Wallet.

FaceTime

Apple is making some major enhancements to FaceTime, which it says will make calls feel more natural. This includes support for spatial audio, which should make voices in a FaceTime call sound as if they are coming from where the person is positioned on the screen. Additionally, new microphone modes separate the user’s voice from background noise.

Portrait mode is also coming to FaceTime, and designed specifically for video calls, so users can blur their background and put themselves in focus.

While using Group FaceTime, a new grid view enables participants to see more faces at the same time.

A new FaceTime feature called SharePlay will allow users to share experiences, including listening to songs together with Apple Music, watching a TV show or movie in sync, or sharing their screen to view apps together.

SharePlay works across iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and with shared playback controls, anyone in a SharePlay session can play, pause, or jump ahead.

SharePlay will also be supported on Apple TV, so users can watch shows or movies on a big screen while connecting over FaceTime, and SharePlay will keep everyone’s playback in sync. Among those already planning to support SharePlay are Disney+, ESPN+, HBO Max, Hulu, MasterClass, Paramount+, Pluto TV, TikTok, and Twitch.

FaceTime calls will also be extending beyond Apple devices with the ability to create a link from iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and share it through Messages, Calendar, Mail, or third-party apps, so people will be able to join a FaceTime call from their web browser on Android and Windows devices.

Apple stressed that FaceTime calls on the web remain end-to-end encrypted, so privacy is not compromised.

Keep Focused

Focus is a new feature coming to iOS, iPadOS, and macOS that filters notifications and apps based on what a user wants to focus on.

You can set your device to help to be in what Apple calls “the moment” by creating a custom Focus or selecting a suggested Focus, which uses on-device intelligence to suggest which people and apps are allowed to notify you.

Focus suggestions are based on users’ context, like during work hours or while they’re winding down for bed, and when Focus is set on one Apple device, it automatically applies to their other Apple devices. Users can create Home Screen pages with apps and widgets that apply to moments of focus to only display relevant apps and reduce temptation.

When a user’s Focus is blocking incoming notifications, their status is automatically displayed to others in Messages, reflecting that a user is not currently reachable.

Messages

Messages is gaining a “Shared With You” feature That will save in a dedicated section of the News app any stories shared with you via Messages. It works in Apple Music, too, with a dedicated section for content shared to you.

The Photos app has a similar section, with shared images saved automatically. Apple says that the feature will be able to prevent images such as screenshots from automatically being saved to Photos.

Shared With You works in Safari, Apple Podcasts, and the Apple TV app as well.

Additionally, Messages gains a collage design for sharing multiple photos within a conversation.

An Overhaul of Notifications

The notifications system is to receive a major overhaul in iOS 15, adding contact photos for people and larger icons for apps that's intended to make them easier to identify.

To help reduce distraction, a new notification summary collects non-time-critical notifications for delivery at a more opportune time, such as in the morning and evening. Using on-device intelligence, notifications are arranged by priority, with the most relevant notifications rising to the top, and based on a user’s interactions with apps. Urgent messages will be delivered immediately, so important communications will not end up in the summary, and it’s possible to temporarily mute any app or messaging thread for the next hour or for the day.

On-Device Intelligence Powers Live Text and Visual Look Up

Live Text uses on-device intelligence to recognize text in a photo and allow users to take action. For example, users can search for and locate the picture of a handwritten family recipe, or capture a phone number from a storefront with the option to place a call.

With the power of the Apple Neural Engine, the Camera app can also be used to quickly recognize and copy text, such as the Wi-Fi password displayed at a local coffee shop.

With Visual Look Up, users can learn more about objects in their photos, with Apple citing examples such as ”popular art and landmarks around the world, plants and flowers found in nature, breeds of pets, and even find books.”

Live Text and Visual Look Up will be available system-wide on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.

Clearly these features should offer significant added value for blind and low vision users, so we will be keen to discover how Apple makes them work with VoiceOver and braille.

New Privacy Features

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 introduce more privacy controls to help protect user information.

Mail Privacy Protection stops senders from using hidden elements in the email to learn whether an email has been opened, and hides IP addresses so senders can’t learn a user’s location or use it to build a profile on them.

A new App Privacy Report builds upon the App Tracking Transparency policies introduced in iOS 14.5 to offer an overview of how apps use the access that has been granted to location, photos, camera, microphone, and contacts in the last seven days, and which other domains are contacted.

Home Screen Customization comes to the iPad

iPadOS is to get the same Home screen customization features that came to iPhones, but not iPads, last year, including widgets that you can place on any Home screen page and the App Library.

Widgets on iPad will function much as they do on the iPhone, but Apple is making them more powerful with support for larger widgets and interaction for things like gaming, media, photos, and files.

Similarly, the App Library on iPad will function much as it does on iPhone, with one notable enhancement being that you will be able to access it from the Dock.

Like on iOS, iPad users will now also be able to hide Home Screen pages.

Updates to Multitasking on iPadOS

Many have found multitasking on the iPad to be a frustrating and far-from-intuitive experience since it launched in iOS 12, and Apple is now seeking to simplify things in iPadOS 15.

A new multitasking menu is intended to make it easier for iPad users to discover multitasking and use Split View or SlideOver. When you want to use two apps at the same time, Apple has also made it easier to get apps into the multitasking views. Now, when you select Split View, the current app will reveal the rest of the apps on your iPad so you can quickly select the one you want. There are also new keyboard shortcuts that help quickly access the menu.

There will also be a new Shelf that floats above the app you’re in to quickly jump between your open windows and paired apps. And finally, you’ll be able to drag app windows on top of each other in the overview screen to quickly open them in Split View.

It was difficult to determine from the video presentation exactly how the new multitasking system works, so hopefully written descriptions will become available over the coming days.

Enhancements to Notes

New to the Notes app is Quick Note, a new way for users to jot down notes on any app or website systemwide, making it easy to capture thoughts and ideas. Users can also add links from an app to their Quick Note to create context, even on a website in Safari or an address in Maps.

Quick Notes can be created and edited on iPadOS, but only viewed and created on iOS. The demo of this feature indicated that the Quick Note window ‘floats’ on top of the currently open app on iPadOS, making it another new feature that we'll be keen to discover how well it works with VoiceOver.

When working in shared Notes with friends or colleagues, you can now add mentions, see everyone’s edits in the new Activity View, and categorize their Notes with tags to quickly and easily find them in the new Tag Browser and in tag-based Smart Folders.

If you are sharing a note with others, they will receive a notification if you mention them in the note.

In addition to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, the new Notes features will also be supported on macOS Monterey.

Health App Enhancements

The Health app is to gain new features in iOS 15.

A new metric called Walking Steadiness will give users a risk of falling assessment before a fall actually happens. You will also be able to view a history of this metric over time.

The Health app will also make it easier to understand lab reports received from practitioners.

Additionally, the Health app will present trends for health data in iOS 15. This will be similar to Activity trends available on Apple Watch, but these will include even more health metrics.

The final change coming to the Health app is the ability to share specific data points from the app with doctors or with family members. For the latter, Apple suggested the use cases of tracking health metrics of children or elderly relatives (with their permission).

Other App Changes

The iOS Weather app gets a redesign which Apple said includes more graphical displays of weather data, full-screen maps, and dynamic layouts that change based on conditions. There's also new animated backgrounds that more accurately reflect the sun's position and precipitation, and notifications highlight when rain or snow starts and stops.

Find My introduces new capabilities to help locate a device that has been turned off or erased, as well as live-streaming locations for family and friends who choose to share their location. Separation Alerts notify a user if they leave an AirTag, Apple device, or Find My network accessory behind in an unfamiliar location, and the Find My network now supports AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. A new Find My widget offers an at-a-glance view directly from the Home Screen. 

Apple Maps is set to receive a number of enhancements, including enhanced details in cities for neighborhoods, commercial districts, elevation, and buildings; new road colors and labels; custom-designed landmarks; and a new night-time mode with a moonlit glow.

When navigating using iPhone or CarPlay, Maps features a three-dimensional city-driving experience with new road details that help users better see and understand important details like turn lanes, medians, bike lanes, and pedestrian crosswalks/

Transit riders can find nearby stations more easily and pin favorite lines. Maps automatically follows along with a selected transit route, notifying users when it’s nearly time to disembark.

The Apple TV app now features a new row titled “For All of You” — showcasing a collection of shows and movies based on the interests of selected people or an entire household, which Apple says should be perfect for movie nights.

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Tidbits

Here are some other features you can look forward to in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15:

  • Spotlight now uses intelligence to search photos by location, people, scenes, or objects, and using Live Text, Spotlight can find text and handwriting in photos. Spotlight now offers web image search and all-new rich results for actors, musicians, TV shows, and movies. Enhanced results for contacts show recent conversations, shared photos, and even their location if shared through Find My.
  • Siri will be able to handle a variety of requests without an Internet connection. This means requests like setting timers or switching apps can be performed without any communication with a server, making the experience faster and more responsive.
  • Audio recorded by Siri will not leave the local device. This makes Siri more private and should likewise result in a smoother and faster user experience.
  • Photos includes what Apple calls the biggest update ever to Memories, with a fresh new look, an interactive interface, and integration with Apple Music, which uses on-device intelligence to personalize song suggestions that are said to bring memories to life.
  • Safari web browser extensions are coming to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, meaning that iPhone and iPad will have access to the same web extensions available in Safari for Mac. Web browser extensions are typically used to add more features to a browser, such as ad blockers, VPNs, and password managers. Developers will now be able to create universal extensions that work on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
  • You will be able to add driver's license or state IDs to the Wallet app in iOS 15. This will be available in select states in the United States. If supported, you'll be able to scan your ID and store it directly in wallet.
  • The Wallet is to gain support for using your iPhone to unlock your home, your garage, your hotel room, and even your workplace.
  • The Translate app is coming to iPad. Launched on iOS last year, Translate lets users translate typed or dictated text, and it’s also available for webpages through Safari. With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Translate will work system-wide, such as in the Photos app - where it can translate text from images.
  • Swift Playgrounds on iPadOS 15 will let you create iPhone and iPad apps from scratch and then deploy them to the App Store. What isn't yet clear, is how limited or not the development experience will be. Apple choosing not to rebrand this as ‘Xcode’, suggest that you aren’t going to be able to do everything you can do with Xcode on the Mac.

further Information on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

macOS Monterey

macOS 11 Big Sur was a major update that introduced a new design and support for Apple Silicon, so it's perhaps unsurprising that the changes for 2021 are arguably less significant.

Safari on Mac Goes More Compact

Safari on Mac is to get a new and more streamlined look with macOS Monterey.

A new tab design lets users see more of the page as they scroll, whilst a new tab bar takes on the color of the webpage and combines tabs, the tool bar, and the search field into a single compact design.

Additionally, Tab Groups offer a new way to save and manage tabs, which Apple says makes a great way for planning trips, shopping, or storing the tabs users visit daily.

Tab Groups sync across Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so users can continue their project from anywhere and easily share tabs with friends and family.

Shortcuts Arrives on the Mac

Those looking to speed up routine tasks and improve productivity on Mac will be pleased to hear that the Shortcuts app is coming with macOS Monterey.

Just like on iPhone and iPad, Shortcuts on Mac will let you quickly accomplish tasks with the apps you use the most.

It will offer a gallery of pre-built actions designed just for Mac, whilst power users looking to take things further can use the Shortcuts Editor on Mac to customize shortcuts to match their workflows.

Shortcuts is integrated throughout macOS Monterey, including the menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, and even hands-free with Siri — making it easy to run shortcuts no matter which app the user is in. Users can easily import existing Automator workflows into Shortcuts and be up and running right away.

Universal Control

Universal Control is a new feature coming to the Mac and iPad that enables a single keyboard and mouse or trackpad to work seamlessly between your Mac and iPad — they’ll even connect to more than one Mac or iPad. Move your cursor from your Mac to your iPad, type on your Mac and watch the words show up on your iPad, or even drag and drop content from one Mac to another.

We'll be keen to discover how this functionality has been implemented, as from its description and demonstration it's hard to imagine it being easy to make work with VoiceOver.

macOS Monterey Tidbits

Here are some other features you can look forward to in macOS 12:

  • TestFlight is coming to the Mac, meaning that developers will now have a quick and easy way to distribute pre-release versions of their software to public testers.
  • macOS Monterey will let you use AirPlay to share, play, or present content from another Apple device to the screen of your Mac.
  • The Mac is to gain a low power mode that will allow you to run a battery-powered Mac at a lower clock speed with a dimmer display, extending your Mac's battery life.

further Information on macOS Monterey

watchOS 8

watchOS 8 appears to be a relatively minor refresh, with Apple giving it only a small amount of time in the keynote.

The notable new features and changes are:

  • The Breathe app is to be updated and now called Mindfulness to reflect its focus on mental wellbeing.
  • Support for tracking Tai Chi and Pilates workout styles is coming to Apple Watch. Apple said that the new workouts are supported by powerful custom-built heart rate and motion algorithms to provide users with accurate metrics. Apple Fitness+ is also gaining a few features in watchOS 8, including Picture in Picture support and new filtering options, as well as the ability to stop and resume an in-progress workout on any device.
  • Respiratory rate will now be measured during sleep tracking.
  • The Home app for Apple Watch has been redesigned, offering more convenient access to accessories and scenes as needed in a particular moment, and the ability to control accessories by room. Additionally, users with a HomeKit-enabled camera can view who is at their front door directly on their Apple Watch.
  • Photo watch faces can now include depth using portrait mode photos.
  • Photos app to gain featured highlights and memories.
  • Photos can now be shared from the watch with Messages and Mail.
  • Scribble now lets you include emoji in handwritten messages.
  • App shelf in iMessage includes image search and quick access to photos.
  • Find My now includes items.
  • Weather includes next hour precipitation.
  • Apple Watch can do multiple timers for the first time.
  • Always-on display now works with Music, Maps, and Calculator on supported models.
  • Tips app is now available on the Apple Watch.
  • Music can be shared from Apple Watch via Messages.

further Information on watchOS 8

tvOS 15

tvOS was the only platform not to have a dedicated preview in the keynote, but the following changes were mentioned while discussing other platforms:

  • Support for Spatial Audio with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
  • Lossless audio (coming later this year).
  • HomePod mini can be used as speakers for the Apple TV.
  • “Hey Siri” can be used to play content on the TV.
  • A new “shared with you” section in the TV app displays content previously shared with the user.

And, What About Accessibility?

There was no mention during today's keynote of what might be coming this year for users of the accessibility features of Apple devices. However, Apple provided a preview of some upcoming enhancements last month as part of its marking of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Consequently, we already know to expect expanded image recognition capabilities for VoiceOver users, AssistiveTouch for Apple Watch, new eye-tracking hardware support for iPad, new background sounds to help minimize distractions, and for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, Made for iPhone (MFi) is to gain support for new bi-directional hearing aids.

Other Keynote Tidbits

  • Apple announced a new iCloud+ service with new features alongside iCloud storage. iCloud+ includes three new features:
    • Private Relay - , all traffic leaving your device is encrypted and sent through two separate relays.
    • Hide My Email is a new feature built into Mail, Safari, and other services and it allows you to randomized, unique emails that forward to your main account. This means you can hide your email from services for increased privacy.
    • iCloud+ includes unlimited HomeKit Secure Video cameras. Currently, iCloud users are limited to five cameras per account, but this limit has been removed for iCloud+.
  • AirPods will gain several improvements:
    • A new Conversation Boost feature for AirPods is designed to help people with mild hearing challenges engage in conversation. It leverages computational audio and beamforming microphones to make it easier to hear.
    • AirPods will work with the expanded Find My network, which includes AirTag. Using a secure Bluetooth beacon, AirPods will relay their location to Apple's network and back to the Find My app.
    • AirPods in Find My will have proximity view so that users will find their specific location more easily. And users can send a "chirp" to the headphones that will also help locate them, available when AirPods are in their case or without.
    • AirPods will gain support for a separation alert, which will prompt users if they leave their AirPods somewhere.
    • AirPods will gain support for Spatial Audio in tvOS 15.
    • AirPods and iOS 15 will be able to announce notifications in addition to messages to users. This will integrate with the new notification control and customization settings.
  • Siri is coming to third-party HomeKit devices, meaning that you will be able to directly control devices such as smart thermostats. No details or further examples were given during the keynote, but it’s likely to be via an MFi-style licensing scheme.
  • HomePod mini will be available later this year in Austria, Ireland, New Zealand, and Italy. With HomePod Software 15.0 and iOS 15, users will receive support for Siri in the languages of these respective countries.
  • Apple has announced that later this year you will be able to personalize your iCloud Mail address with a custom domain name, and invite family members to use the same domain with their iCloud Mail accounts.

Closing

Apple crammed a lot into today's keynote. There's also a lot more that didn't make it into the presentations, and is now being mentioned by Apple elsewhere. Consequently, what we've given above is not a complete overview of everything that's coming this year. We'll update this post with links to comprehensive summaries once they become available over the coming days.

We look forward to hearing your own thoughts. What are you most, or least, excited about from today's announcements? What did Apple not do that you hoped they would? Do the upcoming software upgrades make you want to try a new device? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

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Submitted by Country music fan on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Hi everyone. Although Apple crammed a lot into the presentation today, I feel that they have left voiceover out in the cold a bit this year. I’ve been begging and pleading with Apple to follow in android’s footsteps, and create a sound that goes off whenever you touch an item on the screen. I love how android has the little bubble sound, but is there a way that we could do it without the update? Could they not just let us add custom sounds. What does everyone else think about that?

Doesn't VoiceOver already play a sound when you touch an item? I'm not really sure why you would want this, seems kind of annoying in my opinion. Also we don't even know what new features voiceover has gained in this update aside from image descriptions yet.

Submitted by Daniel Angus MacDonald on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

the bubble sound that you say Android makes, only Samsung devices have this sounds. other Android phones do not have this sound, it's a feature of Samsungs launcher TouchWiz.

Submitted by Jo Billard on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

I would have liked to see a sound or haptik when the Apple logo comes up on startup. Maybe new ringtones, but not as important, especially given that there are already a lot of alerts and ringtones, even if plenty of them are sort of lame. I really hate guessing when it's OK to let up that side button!

Submitted by JC on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

After checking the compatibility list to see if my MacBook is listed, it is not in the list, only 2015 and later, so unfortunately, it will no longer receive the next macOS update this fall. dang. on the bright side, Big Sur is still supported.
guess I'll have to save up for an upgrade.

Submitted by Siobhan on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

I'd love that as well. also one to let you know the phone is locked would be good. Ever since my new 12, i've noticed odd behaviors. Sometimes, the phone will make a unlocking sound and feedback. Other times, it will feedback, no sound when it's unlocked. Note that the sound even plays when the phone is muted. Umm, isn't that the point of the switch? We'll see what's up with this when it's out. As for voice over sounds, I already hate the empty space sound anyway but leave it on for context.

Submitted by brandon armstrong on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

why is it that every year their are a few that come up here after every single apple wwdc event and just constantly obsess over how they want new voices. it's not going to happen people. personally I would love to see the ability for apple to implament where if you get notifications you can just get sounds but voiceover and your phone won't wake up and alert you to the time and how many notifications you have when you get lots of them.

Submitted by Jo Billard on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

In reply to by brandon armstrong

I think there's a way to set that up in notifications settings. I do know that if you take notifications off the lock screen Voiceover won't wake up, because I tried it a couple of days ago, but I don't remember how to turn off the sound. There's the option to deliver quietly, but I'm not sure what exactly that means.

Submitted by Jo Billard on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Personally, I'm really looking forward to playing with the new notifications and the focus settings. I have a feeling that the camera descriptions aren't going to work with my phone, because most of those Voiceover settings from 14 don't.

Submitted by Siobhan on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Forget voices, sounds which would be nice for a minute. I'd settle for a way to power down an iphone and not accidentally dial 911. I did this by accident at three in the morning. Thank God the dispatcher was polite and I hung up very red faced and quickly. I wish they'd bring the end a call with the power button back. I hate the magic tap. I wish ti never existed. It gets me into so much trouble. Hope someday they realize it.

Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Here's my thoughts.

1. No wonder why I couldn't do anything with widgets, app library and all that on my ipad! Weird thing is, I have the actions for widgets on the today screen for moving them. Can't wait to play around with these fun goodies!

2. I'm glad Siri will be able to do some things with no internet connection. My internet isn't great, but that's the price you pay for living out in the boonies, but we have it. But, sometimes I've needed to do stuff with Siri with no power, like set a medication alarm, and that was not possible.

3. I can't wait to play around with the focus stuff! I'm already thinking about how I can make a focus for when I'm @ meetings with Braille Institute or Hadley. Hopefully you can have a lot of freedom to pay around, because meetings are @ different times and different days of the month.

4. I really hope they bring screen recigonition to the ipad 7! These new features that they say will be available in photos sound great, but I hope they bring them to devices like ipad 7.
I may sound harsh, but I don't understand why they couldn't bring Vo. screen recigonition to ipad 7, because for one thing, it's a newer ipad. And for another, in my opinion, that should make it possible for it to support that, because in theory it should have the tech to support it.

5. I'm a little nervous and excited to play around with the Safari extensions. Nervous because of how they may work or behave or not work and misbehave on ipad. But, excited because I can't wait to see what the possibilities will be for example, making my web browsing more accessible.

6. Last but I'm sure not least, I'm excited to play around with the new notifications settings. I'm already thinking about ways that I can use this.

I'm sure that this isn't all and hopefully, there will be some more stuff to get excited about over the next few days.

Submitted by Ann Marie B on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

I am excited over notifications, and can't wait to play around with focus. I am also thinking of ways I can use these features. I can't wait to try live text and am curious as to how it will work with VO. I want to point iPhone at text and have it read it in real time..

Submitted by Greg Wocher on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Hello,
If you have an iPhone without the home button there is a way to bring up a power off option without the emergency call option. You press the volume up, then volume down and finally hold the side button. This will bring up a dialog with only the power off option in it. As for the event there are a few thing I am interested in. First the live text option is going to be great for OCRing options. Secondly I am looking forward to trying out the new ability to build iOS apps with swift playgrounds. I am also looking forward to the new Siri ability to work offline. I use the deacon G6 to watch my glucose because I am a type one diabetic. One of the things you can do is to ask Siri what is my glucose A lot of times I will get the dreaded working on it, still working on it and finally sorry something went wrong. Hopefully this will fix that.

I certainly wish there was an audible indication when the Apple logo appears upon startup. It used to happen within about 3 to 5 seconds, but recently, it seems to take much longer -- about 10 seconds, give or take. It's very difficult to guess when it's time to release the side button. An audible indication seems to be a no-brainer, imho.

Submitted by Scottsdale on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

In reply to by Jeff

A short vibration to acknowledge that iOS is booting would be very welcome here. I've just dropped Apple Accessibility a note requesting it.
If you don't ask, you'll never know.
Then again, with Apple, no matter how much you ask, you'll still never know. :P
That said, @Jeff, you don't need to do all that guesswork. I'm pretty sure that the power button doesn't *need* to be held until the Apple logo appears. Here, I just hold it for a couple seconds to make sure the boot process has started, then release, and my iPhone starts finishes starting up in its own time. Hope that helps a bit.

Submitted by Jeff on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

In reply to by Scottsdale

As I said in my previous comment, I used to be able to hold the side button down for about 3 to 5 seconds and my phone would power up. That no longer is the case for me. I've held down the side button for well over 5 seconds and my phone doesn't power on. If I hold down the side button until my sighted wife tells me the Apple appears, then my phone powers on as it should.

I do agree that a vibration would work as well as an audible sound to indicate when the side button can be released.

Submitted by gailisaiah on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Hello Jo Billard and Jeff. That would be nice. I have a little vision so can see the Apple in contrast to the dark screen when the phone re-starts. But if it's too bright outside, I too am not sure when to release the side button.

Submitted by brandon armstrong on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

i've been saying this for several years we need some sort of sound or vibration when the phone powers up.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

I think people will be more happy if the many bugs are fix instead of features. It will be interesting to see how VO deals with universal control. If you are using Airpod and want to use UC. I can not get VO to move from my phone to my watch. Using 12 pro, Series 5 and current OS.

Submitted by Ekaj on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Hello and thanks as always for a well-rounded summary. I have yet to listen to the keynote event, but these updates sound pretty cool. I can't wait to see what the enhanced text and visual descriptions are like. I've only started learning the photos and camera apps on my phone, and I'm wondering if some of this will be a bit redundant because of apps such as Seeing AI and Supersense. In addition, I just got an image-based pdf file yesterday which is time-sensitive. But I'm willing to keep it if these things are going to be enhanced.

Submitted by Marc on Thursday, June 10, 2021

For those of you that still have your 6s, there is good news. You can keep it for one more year. https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/8/22523351/ios-15-iphone-6s-plus-se-compatibility

Submitted by kool_turk on Thursday, June 10, 2021

The battery capacity on my 6S was at 84, and the status use to go from 100 to 80, sometimes 70 in half an hour.

This was a year ago, so I figured it was time to upgrade.

Even if I were to replace the battery on that phone, I doubt it would last very long.

For my first phone, I think it did pretty well to last as long as it did.

Submitted by Kevin Shaw on Thursday, June 10, 2021

There is quite a bit of coverage of VoiceOver this year in the WWDC sessions. On Friday, there is an entire session on accessible development with a focus on developers who are VoiceOver users. Definitely worth checking out.

Lots of under the hood changes for how developers can make their apps more accessible, including accessibility for charts and other complex data views.

The one thing I want to see at a WWDC is apps for Siri that can run on any platform, but especially HomePod mini. I think this is undersold and that Apple should be putting its development muscle behind non-visual interfaces. The tech is still gee-whiz and nascent, but I think there is enormous potential for writing native Siri apps that will work anywhere.

Submitted by Trenton Matthews on Friday, June 11, 2021

Most features in this category (such as VO OCR and Live Text), require a device with the A12 Chip or higher.
In other words, anything made from September 2018 onwards.

Submitted by Blind angel 444 on Monday, June 14, 2021

I have a iPad 6th gin 2018 model and I didn’t know if I would be able to get the full version of iOS 15. Also how do I find out what chip is in my device? What is my number?

Yes, since you have an iPad 6th gen 2018, it'll support iPadOS 15. also, to find out what processor your iPad is running, go to settings, general, about. HTH.